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Kiwi competitors


25 Oct 2007

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Sudheer Ramjathan

Johnny Simpson

Carl Hendl-Anderson


 

Kiwi competitors soon head to Japan for the 2007 WorldSkills Competition

With only a short time to go before the 3 Automotive ‘Tool Blacks’ head to Japan for the 2007 WorldSkills Competition, the training and preparations are intensifying and the excitement is mounting throughout the ‘Tool Blacks’ team and the WorldSkills New Zealand organisation.

Having prepared for over a year for the competition, it is now down to keeping a clear head and as much mental preparation as there has been technical training.

Medals can be easily lost by a competitor having a mind block or panic attack whilst competing; in the same vein, medals can be won by staying calm and being confident in your abilities.

For the last few weeks before they leave for Japan on the 11th November, the team is making last minute preparations and adjustments to their competition plans and going over their marking schedules so they are absolutely clear about how and where to pick up marks.

Sudheer Ramjathan, representing NZ in the Autobody Repair skill category and sponsored to the WorldSkills Competition by MITO and AMI Insurance, comments “I can’t wait to start competing and putting into practice everything I have learnt in training this year. The competition will be tough but I feel confident in my abilities and will give it my best shot.”

Sudheer works at Colin Waite Ltd in Auckland and has been trained by WorldSkills NZ National Skills Expert and 2007 NZ WorldSkills judge (Autobody Repair) Greig Jordan, who is also based in Auckland and owns Jordan Panelbeaters Ltd.

Greig is an ex-WorldSkills competitor and was the first person to represent NZ in the Autobody Repair skill category in 1999 at the Montreal WorldSkills Competition. Greig comments “All the competitors will be performing to a really high standard so there will be little room for error.

The pressure will be intense but Sudheer is ready and has trained very hard on all aspects of his trade. He now needs to focus on his own game and really show what he can do.”

The 2 other Automotive ‘Tool Blacks’, Johnny Simpson (Auto Refinishing) and Carl Hendl-Anderson (Automotive Technology) have both been training hard and are now raring to get to Japan.

Johnny has been training under the skilled eye of WorldSkills Chief Expert (Auto Refinishing) John Tuau, in the Wintec workshop on a regular basis and Carl has been training with Nissan New Zealand and Honda New Zealand with Malcolm Whinham from the MTA as his mentor and training coordinator.

Malcolm is also heading for Japan as the NZ WorldSkills judge for the Automotive Technology skill category.

There is a great deal of work that goes into the training, fund raising and mentoring of the competitors and the ‘Tool Blacks’ Automotive team thanks the NZ Automotive industry for all their support, investment and encouragement.

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